Campus construction update

As of July 7, 2010

Campus construction projects will continue around campus for the rest of the year.  When new projects begin or projects are completed further information will be posted.

  • NEW PROJECT: Salt Lake City University Street Road Project.  Salt Lake City will be modifying University Street between 400 S. and 100 S. starting July 6th, 2010 through July 12th, 2010. The road will be narrowed to one lane in each direction during construction and permanently thereafter.
  • NEW ROAD OPENING: Exploration Way (the replacement road for Federal Way) between Wasatch Drive and Central Campus Drive is now open for public use.  It is located slightly north of where the old Federal Way used to be.
  • NEW CLOSURE: Medical Drive South is now closed from 1900 East to 2000 East from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to accommodate construction of the new pharmacy building.  The road will remain closed during these hours for 18 months. Parking garage access to HSEB will be maintained. Deliveries will be allowed through the site to buildings east of the project during the road closure hours but must be coordinated with Jacobsen Construction.

Weekly updates are available on the campus construction impacts Web site. This is your best resource to find out what’s happening construction-wise.  Also, your comments and suggestions are always welcome. For any specific project, contact Campus Design and Construction at (801) 581-6883 to be directed to the respective project manager.

Upcoming on campus

July 7-8, 7:00 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

Concerts featuring the youth category grand prize winner Mindy Chen with the Salt Lake Symphony on July 7 and Jenny Oaks Baker on July 8. For more information contact the School of Music at (801) 581-6762 or check out the Stradivarius Competition online.


Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

Wednesday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. – Joan Baez with Guy Clark
Sunday, July 11, 7:00 p.m. – Brandi Carlile with Katie Herzig
Tuesday, July 13, 7:00 p.m. – Barenaked Ladies with Kris Allen
Wednesday, July 14, 7:00 p.m. – Lyle Lovett (sold out)
Sunday, July 25, 7:00 p.m. – Rhythm Devils featuring Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Keller Williams
Sunday, Aug. 1, 7:00 p.m. – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Wednesday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. – Natalie Merchant
Sunday, Aug. 8, 7:00 p.m. – Allen Toussaint with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. – Chris Isaak
Sunday, Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m. – The Swell Season
Thursday, Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. – John Prine
Friday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. – Norah Jones (sold out)
Sunday, Aug. 22, 7:00 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor

For more information visit Red Butte Garden or contact Bryn Ramjoue at (801) 585-0556.

Painting of Mt. Olympus by David Meikle

David Meikle, Evening Light, 2003, oil on canvas, private collection.

July 8 – Nov. 14

Mount Olympus is not the tallest mountain in the Wasatch Range, but anyone who has seen it will agree with the early pioneers who bestowed it with the Greek name for “the home of the gods.” For the past 150 years, some of Utah’s most talented artists, including Lee Greene Richards, Gilbert Munger, Edwin Deaken, Anton Rasmussen, David Meikle, and others, have attempted to do justice to this silent sentinel. Through their work, the home of the gods is immortalized in this exhibition, Painting Utah’s Mount Olympus. For more information visit the Utah Museum of Fine Arts or call (801) 581-7332.

Community Forum logoThursday, July 8; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
540 Arapeen Drive (second floor conference room) in Research Park
Agenda items include updates on the following: the Utah Museum of Natural History and how they are managing the trails that run through the construction site of their new museum; the resurfacing and restriping of University Street; the Red Butte Canyon oil spill; and Pioneer Theatre’s new use of University House. The meeting is open to all. For more information, contact Ann Floor or call (801) 585-3595.

Red Butte Garden

Monday, July 12 – Hawaiian Cultural Center Music & Dance
Monday, July 19 – Khemera Dance, Vietnamese Music, Cambodia Dance
Monday, July 26 – Salt Lake Capoeira
Monday, Aug. 2 – German Chorus Harmonie
Monday, Aug. 9 – Bollywood

Bring your family to Red Butte Garden and enjoy cool summer evenings filled with kid-friendly entertainment, crafts and activities. The 45-minute performances run twice and start at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. For more information visit Red Butte Garden or contact Bryn Ramjoue at (801) 585-0556.

Various parks located in Salt Lake City’s westside neighborhoods

Tuesday, July 13, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sherwood Park, 400 S. 1500 W.
Tuesday, July 20, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Westpoint Park, 1100 N. 2000 W.
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Riverside Park: 739 N. 1400 W.
Tuesday, Aug. 17, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Constitution Park: 300 N. 1300 W.

This summer program brings together the University community members and west side residents for a casual dinner, games, and other activities. Partners in the Park acquaints west side residents with the University of Utah — its academic cultural, and research opportunities. For more information contact Andrea Page at (801-972-3596 or visit their website.

Las Artes de México Artful Afternoon
Saturday, July 17, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
It’s a party at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the whole family is invited. Enjoy music and dance performances, prizes, games, movies, art making, and other fun activities inspired by Mexican art and culture. More information is available online or by contacting Shelbey Peterson at (801) 581-7332.

Saturday, July 24
Red Butte Garden
Come celebrate the 24th of July at Red Butte Garden, for free! For more information visit Red Butte Garden or contact Bryn Ramjoue at (801) 585-0556.

Monday, Aug. 2, 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Utah Museum of Natural History
On the first Monday of every month, the Museum stays open until 8:00 p.m. and offers free admission. Free Family Mondays are a “thank you” to Salt Lake County voters for support of the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Fund. For more information visit the Utah Museum of Natural History or contact Scott Pettett at (801) 581-6927.

FYI poll

Take our FYI News poll

It’s live until Aug. 25 when the next issue of FYI News is published. All responses are anonymous.

See the poll results here.

Last FYI poll results–based on 135 respondents:

Question: How are gas prices affecting your summer plans?

I’m not planning a vacation: 17%
I’m driving instead of flying: 6%
I’m flying instead of driving: 4%
I’m staying close to home: 22%
Gas prices are not affecting my vacation plans: 51%

If you have a suggestion for a poll question, send it to FYI.

FYI Mystery Photo contest

Where is this on campus? Send your answer (be specific) to FYI News by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9 for a chance to win two passes to Red Butte Garden, courtesy of Red Butte Garden. The winner will be randomly selected from the pool of those submitting the correct answer and will be listed in the Aug. 25 FYI News.

Thanks to Red Butte Garden for providing the prize!

Note: This contest is open to U of U faculty and staff only.  We encourage everyone to play, but please note that only one prize can be awarded to a winner per year.

Last issue’s FYI Mystery Photo Contest answer

June 9
Mystery Photo

The June 9 FYI Mystery Photo shows the Block U planted with flowers in Cottam’s Gulch. Cottam’s Gulch is located directly behind (south) of the George Thomas Building which is the current home of the Utah Museum of Natural History.

Congratulations to Nathan Coombs, winner of the June 9 FYI Mystery Photo Contest! Nathan was randomly selected from the pool of 43 contestants who sent in the correct answer.

Nathan has been with the U in one way or another since he started as a student in the fall of 1987 – he has worked for the Marriott Library in Special Collections, KUER FM 90.1, and for the last 11 years for KUED Channel 7 and KUEN Channel 9. He is the media librarian so “if it airs on either channel, I record it or ship it in, and make sure we have the show for air.”

Nathan received a $25 rental gift certificate from the Outdoor Recreation Program (ORP), courtesy of the Outdoor Rec Program. A big thanks to the Outdoor Recreation Program for providing the prize. And thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. We invite you to try your luck again with the Aug. 25 FYI News.

Announcements of interest

UNI expansion under way

Construction site for UNI extension

University Health Care and the Department of Psychiatry began construction this week on a new 80-bed, 120,000 square-foot expansion to the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI).  A ceremony to mark the occasion will take place on Wednesday, July 7, at 11 a.m. just east of the UNI building at 501 Chipete Way in Research Park. The Department of Psychiatry will relocate to the new space, providing greater clinical guidance and teaching experiences for future psychiatrists, psychologists, residents, nurses, and other mental health professionals. The new space also will provide much needed room for clinical treatment research, brain imaging, and the study of the genetics of mental illness. In 1986, the University Neuropsychiatric Institute opened as a 90 bed free-standing psychiatric hospital under the name, The Western Institute of Neuropsychiatry. In 1994, The University of Utah purchased the Western Institute and continued its psychiatric services under the renamed University Neuropsychiatric Institute. Since then, UNI has served those with acute mental illness, substance abuse, and behavioral disorders throughout the Western United States and the world. Read the complete news release online.

FERPA Workshop offered to U staff and faculty

Do you have questions about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)? Do you understand how it affects you in your responsibilities at the U?

The Office of the Registrar is hosting nationally recognized FERPA compliance expert LeRoy Rooker, who will present a free workshop for staff and faculty on campus who deal with student records. The workshop will be held on Thursday, July 29.  Those who attend may choose a morning session (9:00 a.m. to 12 noon) or an afternoone session (1:00 to 4:00 p.m.). An RSVP is required. For more information or to register, click here.

Rooker will answer questions concerning the following topics: 

  • What is an education record?
  • Parents access to records
  • Identifying students using electronic mediums
  • Financial aid
  • Releasing data and record keeping
  • Student behavioral issues

Bike security tips from public safety

  • Never leave your bike unlocked. Use a higher quality U-lock to secure your bike–it’s much harder to break or cut than less expensive chains or cables.
  • Register the serial number with the U of U Police Department.  While registering your bike won’t keep it from being stolen, it helps the police identify and locate the proper owner. Other options include the National Bike Registry or the Stolen Bicycle Registry. Whether your bike has its own serial number or you add your own identifying numbers to it—write it down now and keep a photo of your bike in your records.
  • U-lock as much of your bike as you can. U-Lock your back wheel and frame to a rack if possible. Use a secondary cable lock to connect the front wheel to the frame. If space is tight and you can only lock one thing, lock the frame—it is the most valuable part of your bike.
  • Always U-lock your bike to a designated bike rack. Do not lock to objects that are easily cut such as fence chain wire or tree branches. Bikes can be lifted over the objects traffic signs or fence poles.
  • Do not to block wheelchair ramps or other facility entrances by locking your bike to handrails.
  • Remove accessories such as lights, cycle computer, pump and panniers or bags. If these accessories are not removed from the bike, someone might take them.
  • Report any suspicious activity to U of U Police at (801) 585-2677. 

For more information, please call (801) 585-2677 or visit our website:

Utah to host NCAA regional championship

The NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Committee has selected the University of Utah as a host site for the 2012 NCAA Gymnastics Regional Championship, the NCAA office announced June 25.

Study participants wanted: Mothers and teenagers

The Department of Psychology is conducting an IRB-approved research study to learn how mothers and teenagers talk about teens’ experiences with friends and younger siblings. Study coordinators are looking for youth ages 15 or 16 to take part in the study with their mother (either at home or on campus). Teens need to have a younger sibling who is 11 or older. Participants will receive two movie tickets as compensation for their time. For additional information, contact Holly Recchia or call (801) 585-5094.

July Book of the Month

The Passage, by Justin Cronin

The Campus Store offers a 30 percent discount off the suggested retail price of $27 on this book.


If you are not afraid of the dark, you soon will be.

When the U.S. Army secretly engineers a virus to create a super-soldier, things go horribly wrong. Instead of invulnerable soldiers, they end up with mutated human subjects that have a taste for raw meat and human blood, are blindingly fast, and are deterred only by bright light. As the mutated subjects escape the secret compound in Telluride, Colorado, they either kill or infect anyone they come in contact with. Within days, the entire state of Colorado is under quarantine, and only weeks later, the entire United States has been cut off by the rest of the world. 

One hundred years after the outbreak a small group of uninfected people eke out an existence, protected within a fortress of towering walls and bright lights that turn night to day. They have established harsh rules and discipline to keep them safe from the “virals” (just one of the names for the mutated humans that roam the earth). But their order is thrown into chaos when Amy, a human teenager, appears outside the walls of the compound, seemingly unaffected by the virus, and then they discover that the technology that keeps the lights on at night is failing and they don’t have the equipment to repair it. A small group is determined to find out where Amy came from and if there are any more uninfected humans. But to do that, they must leave the safety of the compound and journey back to where it all started—Telluride, Colorado.

Dark and entertaining, “The Passage” will have you wanting to turn the page, yet dreading what you will find there. This is the best book I’ve read this year. 

 —Drew Goodman, University Campus Store

News from Staff Council

Summer is here and it’s a great time to be thinking about your health.  Check out Staff Council’s Perk of the Month highlighting the Well U Program.

Alumni Career Services offers big boost for job seekers

The Alumni Association’s Alumni Career Services is now offering job seekers a new service—unprecedented access to a job coach, a job board where professional positions are posted daily, and a variety of workshops. Access to these offerings is a free benefit of membership in the Alumni Association ($40 for regular membership with discounts for recent graduates). U employees who are non-alums are also eligible. (To find out more, check online and scroll down to Other candidates for the program.)

According to Julie Swaner, program manager for Alumni Career Services, there are jobs out there, but because the environment is different, “you can’t just pick up the newspaper want ads, apply for a job, and expect to land it.”  Instead, successful job searching requires more strategizing, thorough preparation, and networking skills. Some companies provide out-placement services for laid-off employees, but many businesses are too small to offer such benefits. In addition, personal coaching and private career services programs are expensive and often not an option for those who have lost a job.

“We help job applicants learn about positioning statements, branding, negotiating salaries, and networking and utilizing available resources,” notes Swaner. “We give our alumni the tools to help them find a job. Our goal is to get them back into the workplace as quickly as possible.”

Alumni Career Services holds a free networking and support group called Job Club every Friday at the Student Services Building in Room 380, from 2 to 4 p.m. For additional information, visit  Alumni Career Services, contact Julie Swaner, or call (801) 585-5036.

New policies approved for stewardship of campus property

Two new property policies that provide further clarification in the stewardship of University property have been approved by the Board of Trustees. Complete policy details are online.

Policy 3‐041: Accountability for Non-capital Equipment

Approved April 13, 2010, this policy provides guidance for management and disposition of equipment valued between $1,000 and $4,999. Highlights of the new policy include departmental responsibility for the following:

•           Yellow property tags for non-capital equipment at purchase

•           Maintaining inventory records, including location and condition, for non-capital equipment

•           Maintaining records of off -campus use of non-capital equipment

•           Biennial inventory of non-capital equipment in service five years or less

•           Disposition on noncapital equipment through University Surplus

Policy 3-044: Museum and Library Collections and Non-Museum Decorative Items

Approved June 7, 2010, this policy articulates the University’s commitment to the preservation of art, artifacts, and rare books in the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural History, and the University Libraries, as well as the education of the public on these items. This policy acts as an umbrella over more detailed internal policies and procedures regarding acquisition, display, and preservation as prescribed by these entities’ accrediting bodies.


Read more about the accomplishments of your colleagues at Recognizing U.

Jazz Ensemble represents U.S. at China’s World Expo

The U’s Jazz Ensemble is performing its biggest tour to date as the invited American guest at the 2010 World Expo Music Festivalin Shanghai, China. Selected through an audition process, the university’s top big band, conducted by Henry Wolking, was awarded a full scholarship by the Shanghai World Expo Bureau, covering the costs for all 20 band members. The ensemble performed for the opening of the 159 year-old event on July 4. U of U faculty pianists Ning Lu and Jie Lu, who are both natives of China, joined the tour and performed with the band. The ensemble will play two additional concerts at universities in Shanghai and Beijing before returning to Salt Lake City on July 18. The World Expo is a global, non-commercial festival “to promote the exchange of ideas and development of the world economy, culture, science and technology…and to improve international relationships.” The U’s award-winning jazz band joined more than 2,500 Chinese and international students who participated in the festival. For more information on the tour or the University Jazz Ensemble contact Henry Wolking or call (801) 581-7366.

Interim director appointed for the School of Music

Robert Baldwin

The College of Fine Arts has named Robert Baldwin as interim director of the School of Music for the 2010-2011 academic year. He replaces Robert Walzel, who accepted a position as dean of the School of Music at the University of Kansas. “Dr. Baldwin has the capacity to come into this position fearlessly and seamlessly,” says Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “I am truly looking forward to working more closely with Rob over the coming year.” Baldwin has served as director of orchestral activities and director of graduate studies in the School of Music, and musical director for the Salt Lake Symphony. During his tenure at the U, the orchestral program has grown dramatically in size and quality, with noted performances at conferences, the Utah Arts Festival, the Utah Music Educators’ Association Conference, and a tour in Austria for the 2006 Mozart Orchestra Festival. In 2008 Baldwin was honored with the U’s College of Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award. Baldwin began in his new position July 1. The College will conduct a national search for a new director for the School of Music this fall.

Director of top 10 nurse midwifery program inducted into the American College of Nurse Midwives

Jane Dyer

Jane Dyer, associate professor and director of the Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the College of Nursing, has been formally inducted into the American College of Nurse Midwives as one of the 2010 new Fellows. The induction took place at the academy’s 55th annual meeting on June 13 in Washington, D.C. Dyer was selected by the organization’s board of governors for her sustained contributions to and achievements in the midwifery profession. A certified nurse midwife for more than 32 years, Dyer earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern Maine and later completed several degrees at the U. Through her leadership, the College of Nursing’s Nurse Midwifery Program, the oldest, continuously existing program west of the Mississippi, has achieved and maintained a ranking of 8th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Fellowship in the American College of Nurse Midwives (FACNM) is an honor bestowed upon those midwives whose demonstrated leadership, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement have merited special recognition both within and outside the midwifery profession. Read more online.

Regence Foundation honors Sharon M. Weinstein

Sharon M. Weinstein

Sharon M. Weinstein has received a Sojourns Award from the Regence Foundationfor her leadership in advancing palliative care in Utah. Weinstein is the director of pain medicine and palliative care—a holistic approach to care that brings relief and comfort to seriously ill patients and their families—at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  The award includes a $50,000 grant to support continued advancements in the field, which Weinstein will designate to promote physician training through the Albert A. Weinstein Memorial Palliative Medicine Training Award. The award promotes hospital and community-based palliative care services to those with life-threatening and incurable illnesses. As a faculty scholar of the Open Society Institute’s Project on Death in America, Weinstein introduced the phrase “integrated palliative care” in 1995 to express the concept of synthesizing holistic supportive care with treatment throughout the course of a disease. In 1998, she established the Pain Medicine and Palliative Care Program at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), and currently serves as its director.

Toto Olivera reappointed Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

Toto Olivera

 Baldomero “Toto” Olivera, a distinguished professor of biology, has been reappointed as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. The honor comes with a four-year, $800,000 grant that he will use to educate elementary school students in the United States, Guam and his native Philippines. Olivera, who studies potential new medications in the venom of sea-dwelling cone snails, first was named an HHMI Professor in 2006, an honor that came with a $1 million award. The new award to Olivera is part of $70 million HHMI recently granted to 50 universities and another $9 million to 13 HHMI professors to help strengthen undergraduate and pre-college science education nationwide. Olivera plans to use the new money to expand the Chemistry to Biodiversity project he developed with the 2006 grant. The project involves providing educational modules and kits of material—including shells of poisonous cone snails—to  third, fourth, and seventh graders to help them learn about biodiversity and conduct relevant experiments. With his reappointment, Olivera hopes to make the educational modules and kits available to every science teacher in Utah and also to introduce them to Muslim villages in coastal areas of the Philippines.

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